Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi stood out.
Kikuchi started against the 2023 Major League Baseball New York Mets held at Citi Field in New York on the 5th (Korean time) and recorded 4 hits (2 homers), 8 strikeouts, 1 walk and 2 runs in 5 innings. Kikuchi blew the victory requirement by arsoning the bullpen, but Toronto defeated the Mets 6-4.
The match between the two teams that day attracted a lot of attention because the Mets starting pitcher was Japanese major leaguer Senga Godai. On this day, it was the 17th Japanese pitcher selection match in major league history. In 2019, Kikuchi first joined the Seattle Mariners, and Senga stepped on the major league stage wearing a Mets uniform this year.먹튀검증
In the game that day, Senga knelt down in a battle for control. Senga barely escaped defeat by recording 4 hits (1 run), 3 strikeouts, 5 walks and 4 runs (3 earned runs) in 2⅔innings. Of the 68 pitches, half (34) were balls. His season ERA went up from 3.44 to 3.75.
▲ Senga (left) discussing with the catcher.
After the game, the official homepage of the major leagues evaluated, “Kikuchi, who faced Senga for the first time in the major leagues, showed the best pitching of the season and overwhelmed Senga.” Toronto coach John Schneider said, “I threw a very good ball overall today. I induced a lot of swing misses and the breaking ball was good,” he said.
The homepage said, “Although he gave up two homers to Tommy Pam, he was solid through five innings. He threw 89 pitches and induced 19 swings, 11 of which were sliders. Slider velocity was below average, but rotation The number has gone up,” he said.
Kikuchi said, “I tried from the bullpen to refine the slider and curve, but it came out well in the game. Recently, the 3-4 spins did not work properly, but now it seems to be working well, so I am satisfied.”
ESPN, an American sports broadcasting station, evaluated, “Kikuchi, who has been in the major leagues for 5 years, showed a calm pitch in the fight against Rookie Senga. It was a confrontation with a Japanese who was attracting attention, but Senga was several steps higher on this day.” ‘Tokyo Sports’ said, “With Senga’s sluggishness, Kikuchi has become a figure that shows the dignity of pitching.